Most people in the secular world will have heard about the death of Avijit Roy this past spring. Brutally hacked to death in front of his wife on a busy Dhaka street, his death seemed to touch off a stream of killings in Bangladesh. After Avijit, there have been four more writers killed and others who have been grievously wounded, including the husband of a Canadian citizen.
But these attacks are not new. Secularists have been attacked in recent memory as far back as 2013 and others have been arrested and held without charges in order to intimidate them. After the last widely known spate of arrests, a hit list of secular writers and activists emerged and it has become abundantly clear that the assassins are working down that list in methodical fashion.
Riasat Ahsan is a Bangladeshi secularist, translator and fellow writer who is well aware of how serious things are for the secularly-minded in Bangladesh. Safely somewhere in Canada, he will talk with us about what has happened